Maeda, Polanco lead Twins past Royals 6-2 to stop skid
|Toronto Star 04 Jul 2021 at 18:23|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kenta Maeda struck out a season-best 10 in six scoreless innings, Jorge Polanco homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2 on Sunday to halt a five-game losing streak.
Maeda (4-3) gave up two hits and a walk in a splendid outing that matched his longest of the year.
Minnesota avoided a three-game sweep, building a cushion in the seventh inning when a two-run homer by Polanco and a solo shot by Alex Kirilloff extended the lead to 5-0.
Max Kepler hit a solo homer to right field in the sixth for the Twins, his seventh of the season. He has seven hits, six RBIs, two home runs and six walks since returning from the injured list on June 18.
Polanco turned on a fastball and sent it into the left-field bullpen. Two batters later, Kirilloff also connected off Richard Lovelady.
Kansas City starter Brad Keller (6-9) permitted two runs, five hits and two walks. He struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings, his second-longest outing of the season.
The Twins struck first in the third after Luis Arraez singled with two outs and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Arraez scored on Trevor Larnach’s single.